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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
A rare, in-depth look at the life and work of the internationally acclaimed South African artist
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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

A rare, in-depth look at the life and work of the internationally acclaimed South African artist

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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE features exclusive interviews with Kentridge discussing his family’s history and life under apartheid, and revealing the importance of improvisation, inquiry, and open-ended possibilities in his process. The film follows him on an international journey that documents him at work behind the scenes—from the intimacy of his Johannesburg studio, to galleries worldwide, to backstage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as he develops, stages, and directs Shostakovich’s The Nose, based on the Gogol story about a bureaucrat whose nose leaves him and assumes a higher social position. With its playful absurdity, and more serious observations on the “terrors of hierarchy”, The Nose provides an ideal vehicle for Kentridge. From initial research, through numerous “satellite projects” related to The Nose, to the thrill of the opera’s opening night, this film provides a unique portrait of one of the most significant artists of our time.

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ORIGINAL PBS BROADCAST: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET